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Judengasse 20, 61169 Friedberg, Hesse Germany
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After the end of the Second World War, several divisions of the US Army were permanently stationed in West Germany. At the time of the Cold War, there were constantly more than 200,000 US soldiers. For taking a trip into your past, this tour is just perfect for you!<br>Heidelberg is the ideal starting point for such a trip, as the majority of the US troops were stationed within a radius of just 50 miles around Heidelberg. If you go to "What To Expect" you may find more than 130 relevant sites including the names of barracks and other US facilities.<br>The name of my boutique-style chauffeur and limousine service is "a friend in heidelberg". Many guests of mine told me that this very name is the perfect choice.<br>I was not only born in the famous historical city of Heidelberg and know the area extremely well, but also lived and worked in the US and hence speak fluent English. If you wish I can help you with the organization of your trip ahead of time.<br>You will be chauffeured in a Mercedes S-Class, virtually a private jet for the road, equipped with all state-of-the-art features.
US$203.48 per adult
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M.R. wrote a review Dec 2017
California50 contributions18 helpful votes
I traced some of my personal ancestry to Friedberg, Hesse. Then, in doing a DNA test I learned that I had a small percentage of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Friedberg has an interesting Jewish history with this Mikkva dating back to the 12th century. Just down the block is the Christian Cathedral. Walking the steps of this place of ceremonial cleansing felt special as I wondered how life actually happened here and if my (as yet to be learned) Jewish relative came from this town as my Christian relatives did. Practical Tips: *Since it's a small town, you might be the only tourist. If you want a unique historical experience that isn't crowded, this this is a dream. *It's built like a church bell tower, except it's stairs go underground instead of high into an overlook. The steps are built a bit like the Great Wall of China...uneven with some deep steps. Take your time and hold onto the railing! *Plan on at least 30 minutes *Cost is only 2 Euro with 1 Euro for a brochure that includes English. *It's a short walk from the train station to the Judenbad. Just a few steps north of the Judenbad is the Friedburg Castle. Easy to get off the train, spend an hour or 2 touring and then catch another train if you don't want to spend the night. However, I wish I had spent more time in this charming town. The only small town I've enjoyed as much in Germany is Alsfeld. Both are totally charming and not crowded with tourists.
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Date of experience: December 2017
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exploreforfun wrote a review Apr 2015
Toronto65 contributions46 helpful votes
This is the site of an ancient Mikvah, and if you are in the area, definitely worth a visit. You might miss it as the door is very unassuming. According to the information provided this bath dates back to the middle of the 13th century. You pass through a brick archway and descend seven flights of stairs almost to the level of a deep clear water reservoir. The light shines from the octagonal skylight. This bath was repaired in 1903, and it was these masons who noted the early markings denoting the original inscriptions. This not an expensive outing, €2 or lengthy, perhaps 30 minutes. It is closed from 12 to 14:00. A brochure is given to that provides the details of the architecture. If you leave the house, stroll down the street to see more of the area, including the memorial site of the synagogue.
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Date of experience: April 2015
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